The marvellous http://www.timeref.com website provides you with the ability to follow the history of Medieval Britain from the time of Alfred the Great, through the Norman Conquest and up to the start of the Tudor Age. The detailed Timelines contain events for years between 800 and 1499AD. Maps show the locations of castles, abbeys and cathedrals in England, Scotland and Wales.
However what this doesn't mention are the fantastic 3-D reconstructions. I think these are brilliant for use in the classroom. With the 3D plug-in installed, these reconstructions allow you to explore in full 3D, allowing students to appreciate the buildings and scenes in a much more effective way.
With an interactive whiteboard / projector, for example, you can show a Motte and Bailey castle as a full 3D reconstruction, rather than a 2D quick sketch that you might be used to.
Now two things make this different to existing reconstructions. Firstly the entire site is run by one individual, Mark Needham, in his spare time! Secondly, he has kindly responded to my enquiries and has said he would be more than willing to consider making the tours more teacher & student friendly.
Thus, if we can provide him with suggestions and ideas - specifically ideas how you would make greater use of the reconstructions. I've already said I'd be happy to help develop some worksheets to accompany the reconstructions, but if you have any ideas, please post them here. Mark has joined the forum and I really think this sort of amazing reconstruction, produced for free by an individual rather than a commercial company, is the kind of thing we need to do all we can to encourage.
I particularly like the fact that there are anchor points to discover - such as in the siege engines reconstruction. Here you click to read some information and then can even set the Trebuchet off. It is this sort of interactive discovery which could be put to great use.
So - please post your support and any suggestions you have - what could be done to improve these so they are more useful in the classroom?
Edited to add the new link at Mark's request.
Edited by Andrew Field, 15 June 2005 - 10:53 PM.